Stocker Cattle


New York is blessed with climatic conditions that grow excellent forage. This forage is well suited to the stocker enterprise. Stocker cattle are generally young cattle that are turned out in the spring and sold in the fall. It is one of the few animal enterprises that young farmers can enter due to fact that there is little investment in machinery. Starting farmers can also custom graze and lease pasture land, reducing those capital requirements.

A project was funded by New York State Agriculture and Markets to support this industry. The full proposal with more information can be found HERE.


Accessing Capital – Farm Credit East
What a lender needs to know
Basics of a business plan
Planning budgets
Tax Planning

Basic requirements (land, facilities, equipment)  
Dale Blasi, PhD, Professor K-State and Director Stocker Research

Stockering in Kentucky- Beef Magazine 2016 Stocker of the Year
Brenda Paul, Timberlawn Farm, Paris, KY 

Economic viability of the stocker enterprise
Duane Lenz, General Manager, CattleFax

Forage – Optimizing animal performance
Factors affecting dry matter intake, Karen Hoffman, NRCS
Grazing management and land evaluation tools, Nancy Glazier, Livestock Specialist, NWNY Extension Team

Results of National Stocker Survey
Wes Ishmael, Editor Beef Magazine

Panel discussion with local stocker operators
Rich Hoskins, Lyons Falls
Joe Eisele, Canton
LinRae Ellis, Houghton
Winnie & Paul Nelson, Schoharie

Receiving protocols to optimize performance
Dr. Dave Wilson, DVM

Tools to reduce risk and identify opportunities in the stocker enterprise
Derrell Peel, PhD Oklahoma State   

Recordings of Stocker Short Course lectures can be found HERE.

Stocker Short Course – Fall 2018

For the 2018 Short Course participants met to discuss the Factors that affect the value of feeder cattle. We also worked on how to predict the price of feeder cattle. We then went to the Finger Lakes Livestock Exchange which was having a Special Feeder Calf auction. Here participants mock bid feeder cattle based on what they had learned.

2018 Stocker Year in Review Webinars

Multi-state Beef Tour. September 24 – 28, 2019. Take a look at the report below and slides. We had a very educational and fun trip.

Beef_Tour_Kentucky – Slides

Are stockers a fit for NY farms? Take Stocker Survey

Financial analysis of beef stocker enterprises across the US has shown that in 7 of the last 10 years, summer grazing of cattle has been profitable. Despite the abundance of high-quality forage, inexpensive grazing land, and purchased feeder prices below the national average, the number of stocker operations in New York is small. Why?

The Cornell Beef Extension program and the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets have teamed up to answer this question. Whether you are actively farming or exploring options, your feedback will be very helpful in discovering the main barriers to entering this profitable enterprise, which is flourishing in bordering states but struggling to get some traction here in NY. Analysis of the data from this survey will be used to support the competitiveness and profitability of NYS beef producers.

Please click on the link below to take the survey. Depending on your answers the survey takes approximately 5 minutes or less. Your participation is confidential.

Take survey.

For more information, contact Audia Denton, Project Manager, 607-255-8497, or Michael Baker, Cornell Beef Extension Specialist, 607-255-5923,

Funded by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets project “Stocker cattle: Using underutilized grasslands to improve economic viability of the Southern Tier while providing viable careers for beginning farmers.

New York State Livestock Market Report:

Project Reports


Power Point Presentations